Winter flirts with New Orleans; it plays peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek. When the sun glares with blinding intensity and clouds stay out of the way, some January days demand no more than shirt sleeves.
Sometimes there are people you meet in life that you aspire to be like. One of those people for me is Dave Fogle. In the short amount of time that I knew him, he impressed me with his passion to teach and intense dedication to welfare of others.
There he was. The President of the United States, along with four predecessors and some other 91 world leaders paying homage to the late Nelson Mandela in a massive Johannesburg, South Africa, stadium.
We all remember – from our earliest school days – that it was drilled into us that the United States system of government is based on “checks and balances.” The Congress had a check on the power of the president, and vice versa; and the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, had the ultimate check on the power of both other branches.
Not being a biblical scholar, I’ve often wondered why right-wing Christians keep saying they love Jesus, even though their beliefs have nothing to do with what Jesus said, taught, or stood for.
Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – Who was Alfred Wallace? He was a business man who came to Borneo to collect beetles and other insects in the late 1850s. They were then shipped back to England where they were sold to collectors.
One Sunday afternoon each month it was a pre-teen's bounden duty to visit the hometown Old Folks Home. The fun was distributing cookies, cake and smiles, handshakes and hugs.
Before moving here 30 years ago, I knew Emmitsburg. A friend called me Saturday asking if I was up to taking the new road (I-270) to his home town.
Got out the 10-gauge shotgun for fun. Sittin’ on the porch looking for those plastic whirly-gig things; dropping little packages of robot-poo onto my neighbor’s doorsteps. I’m told that they are “delivery drones.” Just shot me one.
There was in The Washington Post’s “up-brow” section, telling Dan Snyder to sell the Redskins. Enough Arredy!
Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner – or payday. Then there's this one, you can always tell people from (you pick the state) but you can't tell them much. Smile, please.
Article I, Section I of the United States Constitution states: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." Since the first days of his presidency, Barack Obama has sought to destroy the separation of powers through executive orders.
The lights are up again, tons of them, already. As new owners in Frederick City take the place of those who have moved on, sometimes to Heaven, the lights and decorations change, a small reminder that life goes on, and that Frederick’s historic homes continue to thrive under the stewardship of successive generations.
What is a "minimum wage?" Is it an amount, which sustains a family above federal poverty levels? Is it what you pay a 15-year old to mow lawn or cashier at the local grocery store? Is it really a factor in our economy or just a "political maneuver?"
For the fifth consecutive year, Frederick County has issued fewer than 1,000 new dwelling permits. The last time the housing market in the county was this slow was the period of 1967 – 1971.
The Vatican Embassy Is Closing! You may have seen something on this in the past few days. If what you saw came from the right, you are not getting the whole story, as usual. Of course, as is their want, the right-wingers are being selective about their information. So, once again it’s time to play…Debunk the Right-Wing.
Madura Island, Indonesia – We crossed from the mainland over to Madura Island on a cable stayed bridge where the cables formed the shape of a sail. Opened in June 2009, the 5.4 kilometer bridge is the longest in Indonesia, spanning the Straits of Madura and connecting the island to the mainland.